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Students complain of errors in South Sudan exam papers


April 22, 2013 (BOR) - The first South Sudan secondary examinations for 2013 have come under severe criticism from the candidates in Jonglei state who said the papers had errors in them.

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Malek Academy students in the examination room, receiving their papers two minutes before the starting time, Monday 22, April 2013 (ST)

On the morning of Monday 22 April, although disturbed by the arrival of heavy rain, students sat for their first three hour examination paper, on Christian Religious Education (CRE) at 9am. Almost all the exam centres in Jonglei noticed the omission of one compulsory of the six compulsory questions.

One of the chief invigilators in one of the secondary schools in Bor, Mr. Matay Babouth, also pointed out two further errors in paper: “In question two, section B, number three is blank with no statement and in question three, section B, number two seemed to have been completed, so we advised for more check up”.

In the Geography paper, sat in the afternoon on the same day, there were also errors on some the maps used.

However, the mistakes did come as a surprise to some teacjers.

“South Sudanese examiners are just learning, I did not expect such errors to be very few like this, congratulations to the our examiners in the South”, said one of the oldest head teachers, who has been in the education system for more than 50 years now.

Students of Islamic Religious Education (IRE) in Bor Secondary School were locked in a classroom until their examination papers finally arrived at 5pm and did not complete the exam until 7:30pm.

According to the few students Sudan Tribune has talked to, South Sudanese examinations are harder than the ones received under the Sudanese system before South Sudan seceded from the north of Sudan in 2011.


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  • 23 April 2013 07:13, by Turism

    Not only Malek academy but almost south Sudan some of the students did not sit exams yesterday as scuhdeled bcoz there are many errors in examinations which can not allow the smooth running of the exams and papers are not enough for students which is really challenging!

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    • 23 April 2013 07:39, by omoni jr.

      This is about examination test,
      Jenge always crying about tests since 1980s,
      it is not something new me or other people.
      jenge, pliz let’s do examination whether is hard or not, but is set by human being.

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      • 23 April 2013 10:05, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

        O-shit or whatever you call your name.
        If you are not stupid, son of bitch this thing is the problem of all south sudanese students not only jenge ya nyam-nyam entie

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      • 1 May 2013 12:32, by siddaw

        Shame on you. Why do you always hate the Greater Dinka as if one of them slept with your mum in your present?

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    • 23 April 2013 12:46, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Let us not blame our examiners who set the exams,my daughter who is among the canadates who sat for the frist time, south sudan school certificate 2013, told me by phone the examination was well tricked in its setting.otherwise one can pass but with not a higher passing mark.

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    • 23 April 2013 15:26, by Bungachier 50

      Dear All,
      Let us not blame the SSNEB (South Sudan National Examination Board) for these errors. These errors were done during typing by those who assumed to be ITs in South Sudan, especially ladies. Diligence must be observed during typing exercise.

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  • 23 April 2013 07:13, by Mi diit

    This nation is full of errors time again because almost every one drinks whisky as the first thing in the morning before coming to the office to work on important documents.

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  • 23 April 2013 07:19, by Turism

    And what is the problem of general ministry of education in solving this issue, it will be abuse since south Sudan can not stand on its own this issue should be address not to repeat itself next year!

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    • 23 April 2013 07:25, by Peter Mading

      South Sudan need to learn by doing. You cannot know it until you do it by yourselves. This is something South Sudanese could have done but their trust was still in the north hoping that North will set their examination. You see now how shameful the South Sudanese whose ideologies lies with the North. Now your incarcerated mentality has been discharged now. Do not repeat such errors anymore.

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    • 23 April 2013 07:28, by Jubawe

      First Thing, all the Exam came from Khartoum because South Sudan fail to set their own exam, People knowns how to looting money but doesn’t known solve problem.

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  • 23 April 2013 07:44, by The Republic of South Sudan

    If the fish is rotten from the head, you don’t expect the tail to be fresh. So, if the president still uses decrees in democratic government and his cabinet plus symbolic parliament keep quiet, what you expect? Billions of pounds which were supposed to train professional teachers, rehabilitate schools and hospitals were looted and guys are boasting and call themselves heroes or randiit

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  • 23 April 2013 07:54, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness!! even your exam is shit!
    I think Mondokoro have a big chance to steal the south oil now because those people won’t be able to count the exact number of the barrels that are gone for the exportation, they’re bad in mathematics since their school exam is crap!
    Ironically, they’re very good in stealing oil money and ripping off Mr. Kiir’s office!!

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    • 23 April 2013 08:22, by Turism

      Jalabia, there is saying " Great expectations make partrioted man" that mean the more you expect something the more are you desire it, south sudanese are very keen enough to tackle whatever come on board! but let me tell you one thing Junub as standing on it own is more powerfully in dealing with such issue, just try to loot our oil you will see one day the responses. shame on............you guy.

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  • 23 April 2013 09:08, by bak junup

    if a university spend 3 years without been qualifies students graduate in the field of education.
    how are we expected good examiners set that the should not have errors.
    yet the current are gun power not educated power, they are there bcoze of being a great fighter in a war.

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    • 23 April 2013 09:46, by Joseph Canada

      Better to do exam with Errors than to have exam at all. So do it, knowing that those who are in Education office were not qualified for that office but were hired by their brothers. this is the best Result of Nepotistic Government. Am very sure they were counting the stollen cash while they were supposed to set an exam paper! plus their children are not in SS. only the children of the poor.

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  • 23 April 2013 10:11, by Wen Majokweng

    south sudan examinated have made some errors b,se it is first time to form their examination but alway people learned by mstake.

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    • 23 April 2013 10:45, by Ming Dhal

      Omoni Jr
      which Jenge have u defeated since u were with them in the same sch?
      Shut up man they cry and still be above you all that is a killing tactic.

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  • 23 April 2013 12:01, by John The President

    @Omono,hope you have read the text above but only that you did not understood the content, the errors are said have been confirmed by the invigilators whom I think are Jieng but South Sudanese Nationals entrusted to execute the task, what makes you think low is you attitude but not because the message is not clear.

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  • 23 April 2013 15:15, by steven

    These errors must be corrected. Education is a very important segment of a country and it should be always improved.

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  • 23 April 2013 16:42, by Andrew Okuch

    Don’t worry folks we will finally get there. this is just the first wait for the second, the third and...we need to glorify God that we are making progress in the side of education which is so important in the history of this country. I salute you all examiners and the students of South Sudan.

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  • 24 April 2013 07:28, by Madingthith

    Dear Commentators,
    Let us all be cool South Sudanese is setting it exams for the first time in her history. Those errors must be corrected gradually.

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    • 25 April 2013 16:54, by De Bia

      I am not suprised by all dis errors....I mean wat do u expect frm a gov’t of semi illitrate pepo....Can’t u check a mere spelling error while typing a document??? we r really becoming a loughing stock in de world.....

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